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Monday, December 20, 2010

The classroom is all around us
At the start of the fourth quarter of the 2009-2010 school year my family and I embarked on an 80-day road trip across the United States. I learned more while touring the country than I have in over twelve years of sitting in a classroom.

A 'no' vote for Joe Miller
I'm getting tired of "Sniveling Joe Miller."

Quilters come through again
The Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers has done it again! On an annual basis, the LeeShore Center is the beneficiary of beautiful handmade quilts the Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers work hard on all year round. The quilts are given to children residing in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities. This year the Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers donated 113 quilts, in addition to pillow cases and car seat quilts.

Home for the holidays: Family has a new house thanks to Habitat for Humanity
Aaron, Elsie and Junior Fleming are especially excited about Christmas this year. They're going to be celebrating the holiday in their new home.

2010 not a bad year in Alaska
If escaping the ravages of the national recession in 2010 and bulking up our state treasury reserves with billions in oil dollars are performance measures, it's been a pretty good year for Alaska.

Dog days of winter: Skiers, skijorers enjoy day on the trail
A small but excited contingent of cross-country skiers and skijorers took to Tsalteshi Trails Saturday as part of the second annual Tustumena 200 Winter Solstice Cross-Country Ski Event. Thirteen skiers and a dozen skijorers came from around Southcentral Alaska to compete in 5-kilometer ski and 5- and 10-kilometer skijor events to support the T-200 race organization and the Tsalteshi Trails Association.

Inlet oil rig plans change: Buccaneer drops tax-exempt financing plan for jack-up rig
Buccaneer Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Buccaneer Australia, has backed away from a plan to use $60 million in tax-free financing extended through the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to purchase a jack-up rig for Cook Inlet exploration wells.

Homer nonprofit lends support for parents, tots
HOMER (AP) -- Ask Monica Romano Turner and Andrea Macauly how Homer Children's Services Birth 2 Three benefited their families and the two women have ready answers.

T.H. Auldridge
Former Sterling resident T.H. Auldridge passed away Sept. 29,, 2010, in Paris, Texas. He was 85.

Frank J. Griffin
Longtime Soldotna resident, Frank J. Griffin, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Bradley Dale Emmett
Homer resident Bradley Dale Emmett died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, of cancer, at his home. He was 61.

Why mar the holidays with carelessness?
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Don't drink and drive.

Legislature will open healthy dialogue on oil taxes
Few subjects provoke more controversy than oil taxes. If oil is taxed at too high a rate there's a risk that crucial investments don't get made in the state's most important industry. If oil is taxed at too low a rate then we fail in our constitutional duty to ensure that our oil resources are developed and used for the maximum benefit of all Alaskans.

Around the Peninsula

Volunteers needed at Triumvirate

Around the Peninsula

Elementary basketball camp starts today

Kenai takes 1st at Challenge: Soldotna also finishes perfect at tourney, loses in tiebreaker
A year after Mt. Edgecumbe defeated the Kenai Central girls basketball team to win the Atigun Inc./Powerade Kenai River Challenge, the Kardinals returned the favor.

Ketchikan boys edge Soldotna to reach finals
The Ketchikan boys basketball team topped Soldotna 51-50 on Friday to move to the championship of the Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off.

Stars wrap up 4th at Tip-Off
The Stars kept shooting, and the lead kept shrinking. But when the final whistle blew, the comeback was incomplete.

CIA girls, Bethel boys win CIA Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy girls and Bethel boys won Cook Inlet Classic titles on Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Prep sports scene set to change: ASAA vote for reclassification will affect Peninsula schools starting in 2012-13
A recent vote by the state activities association will have broad impact on the Kenai Peninsula prep sporting scene starting in the 2012-13 school year.

Sports Briefs

Seward finishes third at Service Tip-Off

Bears split with Palmer
In a game headed toward overtime, Brad Duwe ensured the Kenai River Brown Bears didn't have to play extra hockey.

Sports Briefs

Homer hockey swept by Juneau

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